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Report on Plans and Priorities - Supplementary Information Tables

Horizontal Initiatives


Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observations

The Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observations is a collection of federal departments participating in the international Group on Earth Observations (GEO).

Name of Lead Department(s)

Environment Canada is the lead department in international GEO by virtue of the identification of the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Meteorological Service of Canada as the GEO Principal. Domestically, the lead departments are Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Environment Canada.

Lead Department Program

2.1 Weather and environmental services for Canadians

Start Date

July 2003. There are no dedicated funds; this initiative is funded instead from the existing resources envelope (A-base).

End Date

Ongoing

Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date)

Provided through the existing resources envelope (A-base) and in-kind contributions from federal departments.

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement)

The GEO seeks to implement the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to allow free and open access to Earth observations for decision- and policy-makers in all countries. In so doing, users such as Environment Canada and NRCan will be able to better predict the future state of Planet Earth and better warn citizens of the onset of hazardous conditions. See the GEO website for more details:

Shared Outcome(s)

  • Enhancing access to Global Earth Observation data and science to meet Canadian environmental and socio-economic monitoring requirements
  • Maximizing the effectiveness of Canadian investments in Earth observation networks, both domestic and international
  • Improving evidence-based decision-making in operational and policy domains based on coordinated, comprehensive and sustainable Earth observations

Governance Structure(s)

Coordination is achieved through the ADM-level Federal Committee on Geomatics and Earth Observation (FCGEO), the Director General-level Shadow Committee and the FCGEO International Engagement Working Group and other ad-hoc committees.

Planning highlights

In the coming years, Canada’s active participation will contribute to global efforts in the area of forest carbon tracking, the Global Forest Observation Initiative and fire danger rating system (Canadian Forest Service and the CSA). Canada will also play a key role in promoting good governance and accountability, with EC chairing the GEO Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group and the Department of National Defence (DND) co-leading the team conducting the fourth evaluation of GEOSS implementation. Canada will also continue to participate in the International GEO Post-2015 Working Group, which is developing the future vision and scope of GEO for the post-2015 time frame.

The interdepartmental ADM-level FCGEO steering committee is co-chaired by AAFC and NRCan; it will provide active direction to make linkages with geomatics initiatives and explore the larger issues of data standards and sharing policies and principles.

Canada will continue in a leadership and coordination role for the development and implementation of the Joint Experiment for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM), including hosting of the global secretariat and JECAM coordination website. Canada actively supports GEO-GLAM (the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring initiative) as a member of the core implementation team, through AAFC, who will continue to lead Canada’s engagement in close collaboration with the CSA and other federal agencies.

In FY 2013–2014, NRCan’s Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) will have several staff members working on preparation for access to key new international Earth Observation satellite missions, i.e., Sentinel 1, Sentinel 2 and Landsat Data Continuity Mission.

Canada, through the CSA, will take on the Chair of the Committee on Earth Observations Satellites (CEOS) in 2013, and will host the 2013 CEOS Plenary in Montréal. Canada will use this opportunity to advance GEO priorities related to the impact of climate change on polar regions and to improving disaster risk management through closely coordinated actions. The CSA also coordinates the GEO disaster task on behalf of CEOS and will continue to co-chair the Societal Benefits Implementation Board.

Federal Partner

Federal PartnerFederal Partner ProgramNames of Programs Funded under the Horizontal Initiative($ units)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date)Planned Spending for
2013–2014
Expected Results
2013–2014
Environment Canada2.1 Weather and Environmental Services for CanadiansMeteorological Service of CanadaN/AIn-kind contributions of $75,000 salary and $50,000 O&M from the existing resources envelope (A-base)Please refer to the section below.
Natural Resources CanadaN/Aa. Canadian Forest Service$ not availableIn kind - $34KPlease refer to the section below.
Natural Resources CanadaN/Ab. Earth Sciences Sector /
Canadian Centre for Remote Sensing
$ not availableIn kind – 2.5 FTEs ($275,000 salary) and $50,000 O&M from existing resource envelopePlease refer to the section below.
Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaN/Aa. Science and Technology$ not availableIn kind – to be determinedPlease refer to the section below.
Canadian Space AgencyN/Aa. Earth Observations$ not availableIn kind contribution of $25,000 and $20,000 O&M from existing resources (A-base)Please refer to the section below.
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaN/Aa. Science & Technology$ not availableIn kind – to be determinedPlease refer to the section below.
Department of National DefenceN/AChief of Defence Intelligence and Chief Review Services$ not availableIn-kind to support part-time leadership of the GEOSS 4th Evaluation O&M ($3,000)Please refer to the section below.
Total   

Expected results by program of federal partners

Participation in the GEO by Canadian departments is expected to have benefits in nine areas related to ecosystems, biodiversity, agriculture/forestry, energy production, human health, weather forecasting, climate forecasting, disaster risk reduction and water management. Coordinating open and full access to all available space-based and in-situ Earth observations related to these areas will increase the amount and improve the quality of information available to decision- and policy-makers at all levels of government and in industry, resulting in better predictions, identification of issues and adaptation and mitigation strategies, and overall better management of these areas.

Total Allocation for All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date)Total Planned Spending for
All Federal Partners for 2013–2014
$ not available$ to be determined

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable)

N/A

Contact information

Danielle Lacasse
Director General
Business Policy Directorate
Meteorological Service of Canada
Environment Canada

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Great Lakes Ecosystem Initiative

Name of Lead Department(s)

Environment Canada

Lead Department Program

1.3 Sustainable Ecosystems

Start Date

April 1, 2010 (GLAPV resources)

End Date

TB-approved funding ceases at various times – see below. GLEI delivery is ongoing through use of A-base resources.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (start to end date)

GLAPV resources: $40 million over 5 years, from 2010 to 2015 and then ongoing; CWAP resources: $48.9 million over 14 years, from 2007 to 2021; GLNI resources: $16 million over 4 years, from 2012 to 2016.

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement)

The Great Lakes Ecosystem Initiative (GLEI) is the name given to Environment Canada’s activities in support of the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes. These activities include negotiation and implementation of the Canada–U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) and the Canada–Ontario Agreement (COA) on the Great Lakes. Activities are supported by implementation of the Great Lakes Action Plan (GLAPV), the Clear Water Action Plan (CWAP) sediment work, the Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative (GLNI) and activities delivered with A-base resources.

The Government of Canada completed negotiations in 2012 with the Government of the United States to amend the GLWQA, which is expected to enter into force in early 2013. The Government of Canada is now negotiating with the Province of Ontario to enter into a new Canada-Ontario Agreement on the Great Lakes, which will contribute to meeting Canada’s obligations under the GLWQA.

Great Lakes Action Plan

The Great Lakes Action Plan was renewed in 2010 for a further 5 years with a commitment to ongoing funding after that (GLAPV). An amount of $8 million per year is allocated for Areas of Concern to implement remedial actions to complete the clean-up and restoration in three key areas: fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and stewardship; contaminated sediment assessment and remediation; and innovative approaches to improve municipal wastewater effluent quality.

Clean Water Action Plan

Environment Canada’s Clean Water Action Plan includes the Great Lakes sediment remediation initiative. Under this initiative, $48.9 million over 14 years through 2021 is provided to complete contaminated sediment management projects in 8 specific Areas of Concerns. Funds are administered through the existing federal Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, with one third contributed by each of the federal government, the Province of Ontario and local stakeholders. Potential clean-up measures include the construction of containment structures around and over submerged contaminated sediments; the removal, treatment and disposal of sediment; and natural recovery with long-term monitoring. The remediation of contaminated sediment is an essential prerequisite to the longer-term objective of fully restoring environmental quality in certain Areas of Concern, a key commitment under the Canada–U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative

In 2012 the Government of Canada committed $16 million over four years to the Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative (GLNI) to address nearshore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, and toxic and nuisance algae growth in the Great Lakes.

The GLNI will address these issues by determining the current nutrient loadings from selected Canadian tributaries; setting out binational lake ecosystem objectives, phosphorus objectives and load reduction targets; developing policy options and strategies to meet those targets; and developing a nearshore assessment and management framework. The GLNI will also support Canada’s binational commitments under the GLWQA.

Note: We are unable to update sections 8 through 17 at this time, as we have not completed negotiations on the Canada-Ontario Agreement on the Great Lakes. These negotiations need to be completed before we can identify results by program and by federal and non-federal partners involved in the agreement.

Contact Information

Jennifer McKay
Manager, Great Lakes Environment Office
Environment Canada
Tel.: 416-739-5712

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The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan

The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP), approved March 2005 (followed from the 2-year Federal Contaminated Sites Accelerated Action Plan (FCSAAP)).

Name of Lead Department(s)

Environment Canada with support from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS).

Lead Department Program Activity

Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized (EC); Financial Management (TBS).

Start Date of the Horizontal Initiative

The 2-year FCSAAP program, with $175 in funding, commenced April 1, 2003. FCSAP was approved in 2005, with funding of $3.5 billion over 15 years.

End Date of the Horizontal Initiative

The first phase of the program ended March 31, 2011. FCSAP will continue to March 31, 2020. However, the current policy approval for the second phase ends March 31, 2016.

Total Federal Funding Allocation (April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2016)

$2.737 billion (including PWGSC accommodations charges)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement)

The Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) provides a long-term mechanism to address federal contaminated sites presenting the highest human health and ecological risks. At the end of March 2012, federal contaminated sites represented a financial liability of approximately $4.773 billion (Public Accounts of Canada 2012). Although responsibility for the actual management and remediation of federal contaminated sites rests with responsible custodial departments, the overall program is administered by Environment Canada with support from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Shared Outcome(s)

Reduce federal financial liability and risks to human health and the environment, including fish habitat. Increase public confidence in the overall management of federal real property through the effective risk management or remediation of individual federal contaminated sites.

Governance Structure(s)

The Federal Contaminated Sites Assistant Deputy Ministers Steering Committee is supported by the Director Generals Committee, the Contaminated Sites Management Working Group (CSMWG) and the FCSAP Secretariat (Environment Canada), which provides overall program coordination.

Planning Highlights

Phase II will focus remediation efforts on the highest-priority FCSAP sites (including Giant and Faro Mines in the North.) From April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2014 remediation activities will be conducted on 1,100 sites and site assessments will occur on an estimated 1,650 sites. It is estimated that remediation expenditures in Phase II will reduce liability by up to $1.17 billion for all FCSAP- funded sites.

Federal PartnerFederal Partner ProgramNames of Programs for Federal Partners($ thousands)
Total Allocation
(Apr 1, 2003 to Mar 31, 2016)
Planned Spending for
2013–2014(1)
Expected Results
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development CanadaResponsible Federal StewardshipContaminated Sites Management Program188,406.413,289.4See below.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development CanadaNorthern Land and ResourcesContaminated Sites1,107,927.6178,566.9See below.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development CanadaTotal1,296,334.0191,856.3 
Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaInternal ServicesContaminated Sites7,275.6682.0See below.
Canada Border Services AgencyCorporate Management and DirectionInfrastructure and Environment3,490.21,870.0See below.
Canadian Food Inspection AgencyNANA183.80.0NA
Correctional Service CanadaInternal ServicesFacilities/Asset Management Services14,145.81,154.0See below.
Environment CanadaThreats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimizedAsset Remediation and Disposal57,220.93,063.6See below.
Environment CanadaThreats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimizedContaminated Sites74,670.76,087.5See below.
Environment CanadaTotal131,891.69,241.1 
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaInternal ServicesContaminated Sites – FCSAP Projects94,885.04,794.4See below.
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaInternal ServicesFCSAP Expert Support31,121.91,955.4See below.
Fisheries and Oceans CanadaTotal126,006.96,749.8 
Health CanadaFirst Nations and Inuit HealthFirst Nations and Inuit Health Protection7,445.20.0NA
Health CanadaContaminated SitesHealthy Environments Consumer Safety Branch62,749.13,886.5See below.
Health CanadaTotal70,194.33,886.5 
Industry CanadaCommunications Research Centre CanadaContaminated Site Management Program162.054.0See below.
Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges IncorporatedManagement of federal bridge, highway and tunnel infrastructure, and properties in the Montréal areaNA23,889.722,641.0See below.
Marine Atlantic Inc.Corporate ManagementFCSAP (Projects)120.00.0NA
National Capital CommissionReal Asset ManagementLand and real asset management31,829.112,634.0See below.
National DefenceEnvironmental Protection and StewardshipContaminated Sites Program576,147.3100,055.4See below.
National Research Council of CanadaInternal ServicesEnvironmental Operations5,257.0102.0See below.
Natural Resources CanadaInternal Services – Real PropertyFCSAP28,858.893.0See below.
Parks Canada AgencyConserve Heritage ResourcesActive Management and Restoration51,551.27,792.4See below.
Public Works and Government Services CanadaFederal Accommodation & HoldingsFCSAP (Projects)109,300.249,923.5See below.
Public Works and Government Services CanadaFederal Accommodation & HoldingsFCSAP (Expert Support)8,850.0700.0See below.
Public Works and Government Services CanadaTotal118,150.250,623.5 
Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceInternal ServicesFCSAP (Projects)25,605.2521.7See below.
Transport CanadaSustainable Transportation Development and the EnvironmentEnvironmental Programs204,467.113,055.0See below.
Treasury Board of Canada SecretariatFinancial ManagementAssets and Acquired Services5,385.6527.3See below.
Total Allocation For All Federal Partners*Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners
2,720,945.4423,449.0

*Excluding PWGSC accommodations charges.

(1) Reprofile requests could be submitted to TBS later during the year and, pending TBS approval of the reprofile requests, certain objectives as established in the RPP could be impacted.

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Expected Results

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

AANDC’s Southern Program plans to complete the assessment of 10 sites and the remediation of 5 sites in 2013–2014. Other targets are 1) Activities on 15 Class 1 sites where risk reduction is occurring; and 2) an $8 million reduction in total contaminated sites financial liabilities for known sites in remediation / risk management.

AANDC’s Northern Program expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 2 sites and the remediation of 1 site. An additional 2 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, 64 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, and 1 site will have long-term monitoring activities. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada expected results for 2013–2014 include assessment activities at 21 sites, and 1 site will have ongoing remediation activities.

Canada Border Services Agency expected results for 2013-2014 include the remediation of one site.

Correctional Service Canada expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 8 sites and the remediation of 2 sites. An additional 5 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, 2 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, and 1 site will have long-term monitoring activities.

Environment Canada

Asset Remediation and Disposal: expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 36 sites and the remediation of 1 site. An additional 3 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, 8 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, and 1 site will have long-term monitoring activities.    

Contaminated Sites (FCSAP Secretariat): In cooperation with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the FCSAP Secretariat supports the DG and ADM steering committees and the Contaminated Sites Management Working Group (CSMWG); oversees the project selection process; coordinates funding and reporting processes; manages program communications; and evaluates program performance.

In 2013–2014, the Secretariat will lead the development of a Treasury Board submission for renewed remediation and assessment funding in 2014–2015 and 2015–2016, review the performance measurement targets for the program, implement a new information management system as well as a new performance measurement tracking system, and will respond to the recommendations stemming from the FCSAP program evaluation led by Environment Canada’s Audit & Evaluation Branch.

In 2013–2014, Environment Canada FCSAP Expert Support will conduct the following activities:

  • continued provision of scientific and technical advice to custodial departments regarding ecological risks and other environmental matters at their contaminated sites, and the remediation / risk management strategies that will mitigate or reduce these risks
  • provision of guidance, training and tools to federal custodians to assist them in addressing their contaminated sites

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Contaminated Sites – FCSAP Projects: expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 119 sites and the remediation of 16 sites. An additional 84 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, and 39 sites will have ongoing remediation activities.

In 2013–2014, DFO FCSAP Expert Support will conduct the following activities:

  • provision of scientific and technical advice to custodial departments with respect to the management of federal contaminated sites that may be impacting, or have the potential to impact, fish or fish habitat
  • development of guidance material and provision of training to custodial organizations on the management of FCSAP aquatic sites (e.g. long-term monitoring and site closure of aquatic sites, remediation technologies identified in aquatic site remediation / risk management plans and the Aquatic Sites Framework)
  • review of project submissions to ensure that the potential impacts to fish and fish habitat have been appropriately considered
  • review and evaluation of FCSAP projects to ascertain if, and to what level, the risk to fish and fish habitat has been reduced as a result of custodial actions

Health Canada

In 2013–2014, the Healthy Environments Consumer Safety Branch (Health Canada FCSAP Expert Support) will conduct the following activities:

  • provision of guidance, training and advice on human health risk assessment and risk management
  • public involvement and risk communication
  • review of National Classification System (NCS) scoring, human health risk assessments and remediation plans for projects
  • participation in interdepartmental national and regional working groups
  • development of the human health component of Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) soil quality guidelines

Industry Canada expects to complete the assessment of 1 site in 2013–2014.

Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated will have ongoing remediation activities at 2 sites.

National Capital Commission will have ongoing assessment activities on 40 sites and ongoing remediation activities on 7 sites.

National Defence expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 5 sites and the remediation of 16 sites. An additional 17 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, 57 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, and 16 sites will have long-term monitoring activities.

National Research Council of Canada expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 7 sites. An additional 6 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, and 3 sites will have ongoing remediation activities.

Natural Resources Canada expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 1 site and ongoing assessment activities on 1 site.

Parks Canada Agency expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 8 sites and the remediation of 14 sites. An additional 19 sites will have ongoing assessment activities, 14 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, and 6 sites will have long-term monitoring activities.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

FCSAP (Projects): PWGSC expected results for 2013–2014 include the assessment of 1 site. An additional site will have ongoing assessment activities, and 14 sites will have ongoing remediation activities.

In 2013–2014, PWGSC FCSAP Expert Support will conduct the following activities:

  • development of contaminated site management tools
  • collection and sharing of innovative and sustainable/green approaches
  • informing the private sector of likely federal demand for services

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police plans to complete assessment work on 14 sites and remediation work on 4 sites in 2013–2014. Another 2 sites will be assessed during FY 2013–2014 and are expected to require ongoing assessment activities in future years. Activities and expenditures planned for fiscal year 2013–2014 will increase if certain projects are confirmed to be eligible for FCSAP funding.

Transport Canada expected results for 2013–2014 include the remediation of 4 sites. An additional 24 sites will have ongoing remediation activities, 1 site will have ongoing assessment activities, and 4 sites will have long-term monitoring activities.

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

TBS supports Environment Canada in the management of the FCSAP Program through the provision of strategic advice and policy guidance to ensure that ongoing implementation of FCSAP is undertaken in a manner that is consistent with Treasury Board policies on management of federal real property, including federal contaminated sites. In this role, TBS will advise Environment Canada on monitoring of government-wide progress, administer the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory, and coordinate planning for the biennial Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop to be held in 2014.

Contact information

FCSAP Secretariat
Contaminated Sites Division
17th floor, Place Vincent Massey
351 St. Joseph Blvd
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
819-934-8153

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